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Today's 'One Stone/Three Ways' focuses on Uba Tuba, a highly versatile yet affordable granite stone selection. Softer and more forgiving than a black granite, yet still dynamic and impactful in it's coloring, Uba Tuba can transform to meet the needs of a variety of tastes.

In the first look, Uba Tuba appears sleek and playfully retro in a kitchen bar area when paired with modern cabinetry and satin nickel accents. Against an eye catching graphic backsplash the stone takes on a grounding feature.

In the next look, Uba Tuba takes on a rustic and traditional look when paired with maple cabinetry. Matching tumbled tiles brings a rich warmth to the space and draws on the deep greens found in the granite countertops.

In the last example, Uba Tuba creates an inviting, cheerfully contemporary kitchen when set against white cabinets and soft yellow walls.

Satin nickel appliances and a high profile goose neck faucet nicely compliment the clean lines.

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Crema Bordeaux Granite slabs make great granite counter-tops. This is a beautiful and exotic Brazilian stone that has reds, creams, grays, and black colors running throughout the slab. The wild patterns and color diversity is indicative of a more fissured stone. It is a some what fragile this stone so it is almost always prepared with a high quality resin finish making it rather stain resistant.

This stone will be patterned and colors the same from one adjacent slab to the next and yet vary wildly from one bundle to another. Every time I buy this stone I am looking at a completely different and unique bundle.

If I had to sum this stone us in one work it would be "Variable". If your neighbor has the same stone Crema Bordeaux you may not even me able to tell that it is the same. That is how much it varies each time you see it.

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Santa Cecelia Granite Countertops

Santa Cecelia is a beautiful Brazilian granite that has a rich cream color background with black veins and red inclusions (mineral deposits).

Being a fabricator I closely inspect and select bundles and containers of stone. This stone "Santa Cecelia" looks very different each time I see it. Sometimes the quarry cross cuts the block producing a very different look.

Many different quarries in the region produce a stone commercially marketing as Santa Cecelia. Even stone quarried from the same quarry varies depending upon where in the quarry the block comes from.

This is frustrating for consumers who see a slab of "Santa Cecelia" that they like and will go perfectly with their project only to see the stone somewhere else and it looks nothing like the last slab they saw. Shopping for price after making your stone selection is nearly impossible because the slabs vary so much from one slab yard to another.

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Today's Frequently Asked Question Friday is all about Supports. With a weight of nearly 20 pounds per square foot, it is very important to ensure adequate support prior to installing your granite counter-tops. To begin, all base cabinetry must be level, plumb, and fastened to both the floor, walls, and each other. This will provide the majority of the support needed to install granite counter-tops safely. Often, customers choose overhang in their designs (for instance, extending an island, or creating a breakfast bar). On base cabinets that are 24" standard width or more, you may add overhang of up to 12" without requiring additional support. However, what if you want to add more overhang? Or place an overhang on a half wall (or base cabinet less than 24" width)?? Well then you have several options. First, you may choose to install our invisible "counter balance plates". These steel frame bars, which should be installed prior to Template every 18" along the overhang, sit directly below your counter-top and will provide the necessary support to allow for such overhang. Corbels or legs can also complete this task. However, you must ensure that the corbels or legs are structurally sound and not simply decorative (legs must be fastened to the floor and corbels must be fastened to base cabinetry or studs in the case of a half wall, prior to Template). Have a project that may need extra support? Feel free to bring your plans in to Stone Masters where we can guide you through the process!

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Today's Monday Match-Up focuses on the array of sink and faucet options available here at Stone Masters. The first option pairs one of our most popular sinks, the Blanco Super Single, with a high profile Luxart MQ137 faucet. The result is a functional, sleek and modern look that would work well with a variety of stone selections. The next pairing showcases a double bowl Swan Sink QULS (a granite composite option) in the Bianca finish with a low profile Artisan 400 faucet in oil rubbed bronze. This striking contrast would look beautiful against a lighter granite stone and rich cherry cabinetry. Finally, a Soapstone Farm Sink (custom made here at Stone Masters) is paired with a more decorative goose-neck faucet, the Artisan 430 in Satin Nickel, resulting in a classic look that would be striking in a country styled kitchen. No matter your preference, Stone Masters can find a sink and faucet pairing that would work for you!

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